Mating cost of large floral displays in hermaphrodite plants

  title={Mating cost of large floral displays in hermaphrodite plants},
  author={L. Harder and S. Barrett},
  • L. Harder, S. Barrett
  • Published 1995
  • Biology
  • Nature
  • HERMAPHRODITISM comprises outcrossing whenever the proximity of male and female organs allows self-fertilization1 and interference between sexual functions2. Many floral traits of animal-pollinated angiosperms encourage cross-fertilization3, as recognized by Darwin4-6; however, these characteristics may also allow pollination between flowers on the same individual (geitonogamous self-pollination) 7,8. Simultaneous display of many flowers exemplifies this conflict. Although large floral displays… CONTINUE READING
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